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At a glance: 2022 Northwest Washington Fair Aug. 11-20. Northwest Washington Fair is at 1775 Front Street Lynden. Fair Office: 360-354-4111. Website:

Fair Hours: Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. Exhibitor hours: 10 a.m.10 a.m. Carnival hours: 11 a.m.10 p.m.

Mother’s Room: Located in the Phillips 66 Center Provided by PeaceHealth First Aid: Located in BP place

Gate Admission: $15 General Admission (13-61 years of age) $13 Senior (62+) $10 Youth (6-12) Free for ages 5 and younger

Wheelchair Rentals: Available at the gate 1 entrance in the Farm Pavilion

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Parking: All street parking is free in Lynden. Consider Cash Machines: parking downtown and Located in front of Papé taking the free WTA Machinery building and shuttle to the Fair. Paid across from WECU Expo parking is available on Building. the fairgrounds, as well as through a variety of third parties nearby.

Welcome to the 2022 Northwest Washington Fair I am thrilled to welcome you to the Northwest Washington Fair. This year’s fair theme, ‘It’s On,’ captures our excitement to bring the community together this summer and make memories. I personally have a lifetime of memories that were made at the fair, starting when I was an exhibitor with my 4H livestock project. It is my privilege to be able to work with the fair staff to create 10 days of activities that focus on our core values as an organization: education, agriculture, youth, competition and entertainment.

You will be the first visitors to step foot inside the newly completed Farming for Life Experience, inside the Farm Pavilion. This exhibit tells the story of local agriculture in such a beautiful way, one that will educate generations to come about the importance of agriculture, where food comes from and what careers you can pursue in agriculture. I am thankful for a community that continues to support this project. When you enter the Fairgrounds, it is my hope that you are entertained. Whether it is a wide variety of entertainment on

the Bank of the Pacific Grandstand stage or some of our new grounds entertainment. Stop by Paul Bunyan’s Lumberjack Show for some old-fashioned family fun, take a moment to meet the Legendary Longhorns and be amazed by the Nerveless Nocks Daredevil Show. As you walk through the Fairgrounds you will be greeted by our year-round and seasonal staff as well as volunteers, all who play important roles in making the ten days of the fair happen. Feel free to ask them questions, they are the ultimate fair fans and ambassadors. I hope you take some time to visit the much-loved traditional parts of the fair, as well as experience something new. Thank you for visiting the fair. Selena Burgess

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Fair Magazine Grandstand features: Aug. 11-13, 15-20, 2022 Pg. 9 THU/FRI, Aug. 11-12 — Demolition Derby Pg. 12 SAT, Aug. 13 — Granger Smith Pg. 15 MON/TUE, Aug. 15-16 — Lynden PRCA Rodeo Pg. 19 WED, Aug. 17 — for KING & COUNTRY Pg. 22 THU, Aug. 18 — Flo Rida Pg. 24 FRI, Aug. 19 — Big & Rich Pg. 28 SAT, Aug. 20 — Pat Benatar

Other features: Aug. 11-20, 2022 Pg. 7 NWW Fair at a glance: Pg. 7 Welcome to the NWW Fair Pg. 18 SUN, Aug. 14 — Jaripeo Pg. 27 From the NWW Fair Association Board Pg. 34 Small Animal Experience Pg. 36 Welcome to the Farm Pavilion Pg. 37 What’s to know about the carnival? Pg. 38 Things to know about the NWW Fair Pg. 48 Arabian club participates in NWW Fair Pg. 52 New exhibit locations Pg. 54 Banner Bank Stage schedule Pg. 56 Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show Pg. 59 Legendary Longhorns Pg. 60 Rodeo 101: Events explained Pg. 64 Fair judging schedule Pg. 66 Nerveless Nocks Pg. 68 Snapshots from the 2021 NWW Fair Pg. 70 Scholarship recipients Pg. 72 Superintendent List Pg. 75 Competitive exhibits Pg. 76 Free grandstand horse show Pg. 78 WTA provides free fare to the fair Pg. 81 Map of NWW Fair

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Thursday and Friday, Aug. 11-12

Demolition Derby Annual Fair kicks off Pacific Grandstand Entertainment Series with 2 nights of Demolition Derby fun for all The most highly anticipated event of the Northwest Washington Fair is the Demolition Derby. For the second year in a row, the Northwest Washington Fair has two nights of high adrenaline, full contact, demolition derby action. An annual event, the Demolition Derby is the Fair’s opening act as it was a year ago. At 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 and again at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, the Northwest Washington Fair will host its annual Demolition Derby as part of the Bank of the Pacific Grandstand Entertainment Series. The Demo Derby at the Northwest Washington Fair is produced by the Whatcom Demo Derby Club. The Demo Derby boasts the largest prize See Demolition Derby on 10

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pool on the West Coast. It attracts all the best contestants in the area and they love to put on a show. Join us for the best smashing, crashing, demolition derby action. Demolition Derby VIP Experience includes: • Premium Parking: Enter Lot 8 off Kok Road, place your parking credentials on your dashboard and be directed to VIP parking. One pass per

pair of tickets. • Gate Admission: Admission tickets will allow entrance at any fair gate. • VIP Credentials: Present your VIP credentials to access the VIP hospitality tent, at the new VIP entrance location, on the North Side of the VIP Area (signage will be posted to direct you). Lanyards will be provided for your credentials. Credentials must be worn at all times and are non-transferrable. Your

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11 VIP credentials provide access to the exclusive VIP Hospitality area, which opens at 5 p.m. and remains open post show until 10 p.m. Dinner is catered by Silver Reef Casino Resort and will be served until the start of the show at 7 p.m. Visit for dinner menu. • No-host bar: The hospitality tent features a no-host bar with complimentary nonalcoholic beverages. Last call is at 9:30 pm. • Event Seating: You will access your VIP exclusive festival seating through the VIP hospitality area. A ticket is required for everyone in the VIP area, including children under 3. Any questions, call the fair office at (360) 354-4111.

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Saturday, Aug. 13

Granger Smith On the path he’s taking now Country music star to perform at Northwest Washington Fair


dding to the Northwest Washington Fair’s all-star lineup for 2022 is the groundbreaking country music star Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr. Granger Smith will perform live on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. as part of the Bank of the Pacific Grandstand Entertainment Series at this year’s fair in Lynden. Smith has a massive and rabid fan base known as Yee Yee Nation and plays to soldout stadiums all over the country. The power of music has al-

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bridge to reflect that sometimes dirt roads are beat up and broken, scattered and tossed in the breeze. But no matter their scars, it doesn’t change what they are. That sounds a little like me. His team warned him against any kind of re-entry into

the music world. But Smith was insistent that if the song helped him cope, it could do the same for others. “That was what I wanted people to hear me say. So when we started playing shows again, I was using that song to recalibrate my life,”


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anyway. That’s what makes it beautiful.” That one song was enough to get Smith ready to make music again. And just as he was taking stock of the songs he’d prepped for that June session after one last stop on his tour, he came back home. And so did COVID-19. At first, the quarantine’s arrival seemed like a blessing for Smith. He sat down with the unexpected downtime and penned “Heroes” and “I Kill Spiders.” That’s when, Smith says, the album started taking a turn. “I’ve never been the artist who creates a theme before we start. I’m the guy where the theme starts happening halfway through the process. When you start narrowing down the list, you see that you’re creating a story with the songs. So if you listen all the way down, you’re not gonna get stuck in one emotion,” he says. “It’s gonna take you different places.” Two of the songs Smith ultimately recorded were brand new to him. They’re songs about fatherhood. In his previous nine albums, he’d never addressed his own family in his music. “There was never an entire song about my fatherson or father-daughter relationships,” he says of “I Kill Spiders” and another soon to be announced song. Smith, his wife, their son Lincoln and their daughter London have started revealing more of themselves in their YouTube series The Smiths. Songwise, exposing your family is something Smith says only happens in country. “It’s what separates country from rock and pop. We all overlap on love songs, loss songs, mad songs and

happy songs. But where we don’t intersect with those other genres is family.” Keeping the stories and the lyrics genuine meant the music would have to follow that lead. “So there are no synth loops here. All the instruments are played by human hands,” he says. And the title track is notable for one simple reason: simplicity. “After Riv, I really wanted to simplify a lot of things. We moved twice: first to get to a landing spot, and then second to a piece of land where we’re building a new house. So until then, we’re literally living in an RV parked in the barn on the property. ‘Country Things’ speaks to that simplicity of boiling everything down to the basics of what we need not what we want. We are so much closer now: to the elements, to nature, and to each other.” That’s how the banjo-heavy track led the way for this next chapter in Smith’s career. Smith made the decision to release his new songs in two parts because of the current state of the world. It’s impossible to imagine that someone could digest 16 songs in one sitting, and truly feel the complete ride he’s trying to give them. The 16 songs, once you do hear them in their entirety, have Smith all over the map. But it is, and always will be, a country map. And rest assured, Earl Dibbles Jr. is along for the ride on three songs. Earl brings Smith something of a creative release, and he compares Earl’s songs to the dessert you crave after a good meal. “Those songs seem to happen amidst the writing of all the other songs, but are

always just on the back burner. They never take up real estate in my mind. They never overshadow the other music,” Smith says of leaving room for a little Earl. “I don’t want people to take my albums too seriously. I love that there can be a light-hearted stroke. It took time for me to realize that I could write an impactful, heartfelt, moving song that gives you goosebumps. But what equally affects people is a genuine smile from an Earl song.” Another part of Smith’s life that forever tethers him to his fans is the Yee Yee brand he started with his brothers Tyler and Parker. It is not merely Smith merchandise. It has a life of its own. “It is no longer a reflection of the music,” Smith says, “now the music is kind of the soundtrack to those Yee Yee people. And that’s a huge blessing.” With the new music, the YouTube series, the Yee Yee brand, and the dependability of Earl Dibbles Jr., Smith says it all works together to reveal the truth. “We are normal, very vulnerable humans. Now when I meet people, they feel like they really know me. They genuinely feel closer to me and more comfortable around me,” he says. And that is the proof that there’s a little bit of Granger Smith in everything Granger Smith does. Grandstand reserved seats, preferred seats, and preferred chairs do not include gate admission, which is required. The show is presented by Manna Insurance Group. Tickets can be purchased at, the fair office, 1775 Front St., Lynden, and by phone at 360-354-4111. VIP and group ticketing are also available.

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Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 15-16

Lynden PRCA Rodeo Welcome to the 17th annual Lynden PRCA Rodeo. The folks at the Northwest Washington Fair can’t wait to bring rodeo fans of all ages two nights of the most exciting rodeo action around. Kids 12 and younger receive free admission to the rodeo, Aug. 15-16. Rodeo performances start at 7 p.m. All seating is festival seating. Cost is $20 per ticket, $30 for a two-night ticket, $149 for the Lynden PRCA Rodeo VIP Experience. Enjoy an ice cold beer in the new showgarden available exclusively with your rodeo ticket. Enter the showgarden through the grandstands. Roughstock events In the roughstock events, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding, a contestant’s score is equally dependent upon their performance and the animal’s performance. To earn a qualified score, the contestant, while using only one hand, must stay aboard a bucking horse or bull See Rodeo on 16

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for eight seconds. If the rider touches the animal, themselves or any of their equipment with their free hand, they are disqualified. In saddle bronc and bareback riding, a contestant must mark out their horse; that is, they must exit the chute with their spurs set above the horse’s shoulders and hold them there until the horse’s front feet hit the ground after the initial jump out of the chute. Failing to do so results in disqualification. Timed events In timed events: steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, and barrel racing; cowboys and cowgirls at the other end of the arena compete against the clock, as well as against each other. A contestant’s goal is to post the fastest time in his or her event. In steer wrestling and the roping events, calves and steers are allowed a head start. The competitor, on horseback, starts in a three-sided fenced area called a box. The fourth side opens into the arena. A rope barrier is stretched across that opening and is tied to the calf or steer with a

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2022 Fair Magazine of this great event. Matt Merritt Rodeo funnyman Matt Merritt, the exclusive entertainer of the PBR Velocity Tour, keeps crowds across the country laughing. Known for his dancing skills, Matt loves to create an atmosphere that is fun for audiences of all ages. Jody Carper You will hear the voice of former rodeo contestant, turned rodeo announcer, Jody Carper, announcing the Lynden PRCA Rodeo. Jody’s love for rodeo and his patriotism help make the Lynden PRCA Rodeo a great night at the fair for families.


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Rodeo before the big dance

For the second year in a row, the Jaripeo Baile, meaning ‘Rodeo Before the Big Dance,’ is coming to Lynden. (Photos by Karla Ortega at

The Northwest Washington Fair changes and evolves. The rodeo was integrated into the fair offerings a few years ago. For the second year in a row, the Jaripeo Baile, meaning ‘Rodeo Before the Big Dance,’ is coming to Lynden. This year, the Jaripeo will take place on Sunday, Aug. 14. While some may get excited at the mere mention of this, others may be a bit curious as to what it is. The Jaripeo Baile is a traditional Mexican rodeo and concert, with bull riding and lots of live music. Everyone is welcome to experience this unique cultural event. According to Wikipedia, Jaripeo is a form of bull riding practiced mainly in the See Jaripeo on 32

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Grandstand Entertainment Wednesday, Aug. 17

King + Country


n Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m., two-time Grammy award-winning duo for KING & COUNTRY will perform live as part of the Bank of the Pacific Grandstand Entertainment Series. Brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone were propelled into superstardom with the release of their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong., which debuted at No. 1 on iTunes and was certified gold. Joel and Luke, who have become American citizens, learned about hope, love and support from their tight-knit family. Their parents raised seven children in Sydney, Australia, before moving to Nashville in 1991. Music became the family business. Their charismatic father was a music promoter and sister Rebecca St. James became a successful Christian music artist, so the duo’s teen years were spent working as part of her road crew. When Luke was 19 and Joel was 21, they formed a band

and began writing and recording the body of work that would become for KING & COUNTRY. They released their debut album, Crave, in 2012 and won New Artist of the Year at the 2013 Dove Awards, where they received six nominations. In what has become a fullcircle moment, they wrote Never Give Up with sister Rebecca for the new album. Once novices, they are now

their sister’s peers and have a shared understanding of the difficulties of being frequently away from home. “We learned the craft of music and fell in love with it on the road with Rebecca,” Joel says. “In some ways, for KING & COUNTRY is a legacy band of Rebecca’s. It’s a real special moment to be able to have that creative collaboration after all of these years with her.”

The album’s theme of adventure and exploration ends poetically with Pioneers, a lush song about the romance and realities of long-term commitment. Fittingly, wives Moriah and Courtney join them on the final track. “In a time where commitment can be hard to come by — the through-thick-andSee King & Country on 20


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thin/death-do-us-part kind of commitment — it’s a song that celebrates that kind of love,” Joel says. Perhaps it’s no surprise that the duo felt compelled to embark on this musical pilgrimage because they have

been two of our most prescient storytellers in recent years, addressing issues even before they became part of the national conversation. It’s as if they know what we need to hear exactly when we need to hear it. For instance, their 2016 No. 1 hit Priceless, which also

inspired the Smallbones’ human-trafficking themed movie by the same name, celebrates a woman’s worth. Several years before the #MeToo phenomenon, the Smallbones sparked a movement highlighting a woman’s value that continues to grow and evolve today.

They began writing and recording songs about hope and love several years ago for Burn The Ships, messages that are vital during these tumultuous times. Their music provides answers, comfort and affirmation, while offering a constant reminder that we aren’t alone, even in our darkest times.

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“We never want to be a voice of critique or criticism, but a voice of, ‘Maybe if we shifted our perspective, what would we see?’ That is the beauty of music,” Joel says. “We ask the questions of ourselves: ‘I want to have joy. I want to find a way. When I am faced with despair, struggle or hardship, what can I do?’” The RIAA Platinum-selling act’s live show has been hailed as a must-see concert event that continues to wow sold-out crowds whether in the U.S., Australia, Germany, Netherlands, or New Zealand. Grandstand reserved seats, preferred seats, and preferred chairs do not include gate admission, which is required. The show is presented by Manna Insurance Group. Tickets can be purchased at, the fair office, 1775 Front St., Lynden, and by phone at 360-3544111. VIP and group ticketing are also available.

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Grandstand Entertainment

Thursday, Aug. 18

Flo Rida


apper Flo Rida will perform live at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 at the Northwest Washington Fair. This concert is part of the Bank of the Pacific Entertainment Series. In 2007, Flo Rida’s breakout single Low was No. 1 on the charts for 10 weeks in the United States and broke the record for digital download sales. Flo Rida has released five albums, started his own management company, and started a non-profit foundation called Big Dreams For Kids that is committed to inspiring future leaders. Born Tramar Lacel Dillard in 1979 in the Carol City neighborhood of Miami Gardens, Florida, rapper Fresh Kid Ice took notice of Flo Rida during a performance and asked him to be his hype man, and shortly after he took him for a show in Hawaii. Flo Rida’s work with Fresh Kid Ice attracted the attention of DeVante Swing, a member of the band Jodeci. Flo Rida was associated with The Eastside Boyz, as featuring artist in 2000. In 2004, he began affiliating himself for with other Southern hip hop artists, such as Rick Ross, Trina, T-Pain, and Trick Daddy. A promotional single entitled “Birthday”, featuring Rick Ross, was his first significant release. He made his debut guest appearance with the song “(Expletive) I’m From Dade County” on DJ Khaled’s album We the Best (2007), which also features Trick Daddy, Trina, Rick Ross, Brisco, C-Ride, and Dre.

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Friday, Aug. 19

Big & Rich

Work hard, play hard C ountry music duo Big & Rich is one of the grandstand performers at this year’s Northwest Washington Fair, 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19. A band, a brand, a bond and a brotherhood: Big Kenny Alphin and John Rich, aka Big & Rich, have blazed an indelible mark on modern country music, not simply by breaking the rules, but by setting them on fire. Big & Rich have captivated a multi-generational community of listeners with their sterling songcraft

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and recorded performances. Now a decade and a half into a storied career they tour the country for 100-plus dates annually, presenting electrifying concert spectacles of ceaseless energy and outrageous personality. Very notably, the pair calls the shots with ownership of their master recordings and music publishing rights through Big & Rich Records in partnerships with Thirty Tigers/The Orchard and Kobalt. Additionally, both contribute generously as philanthropists and flourish as lifestyle entrepreneurs. John is driven and intense, while Kenny’s motto of “Love Everybody” exemplifies his idealistic philosophy. “I think Kenny and I are a great representation of how

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Americans should be in general,” says John. “We disagree on a lot of things. But the things we agree on override our disagreements. We have a drink and get back on stage and it’s all good.” Big Kenny concurs with this assessment. “I think we both bring a balance to each other, no matter what the situation is. That’s what makes relationships good when you have that dynamic.” Big & Rich inked with Warner Bros Records. From their 2004 debut, the triple platinum Horse of a Different Color and their hit “Save a Horse, Ride A Cowboy,” the duo evolved into one of country music’s most auspicious partnerships. The song “Rollin’ (The Ballad of Big & Rich), laid down the law with prophetic lines, “Country boys don’t rock and

roll/Yeah the record man told me so.” Clearly, this record man was wrong. Garnering multiple Grammy, ACM, CMA and CMT Music Award nominations, subsequent best-selling collections include ‘Comin’ to Your City,’ ‘Between Raising Hell’ and ‘Amazing Grace,’ Hillbilly Jedi, Gravity – which delivered three consecutive Top 10 hits – and their most recent collection, Did It For The Party, that debuted at Number One on the sales charts. Trademarking the phrase Redneck Riviera, John Rich founded a club with the name in downtown Nashville; launched a line of boots available in all 50 states; began a partnership to manufacture and distribute beef jerky and now has a line of whiskey in


stores coast to coast. Work Hard, Play Hard is the company’s motto. “It’s basically an extension of my personality, which is pro-work ethic, pro-American, pro-veteran and pro-active duty,” John says. Ten percent of the profits from every bottle sold are donated to the veterans’ organization, Folds of Honor. Last year alone, Redneck Riviera Whiskey paid for 37 college grants for family members of American military killed or disabled in the line of duty. Big Kenny Alphin is a founding partner in The Deadwood Mountain Grand, recognized by Forbes magazine as the number one luxury resort See Big & Rich on 26


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in the state of South Dakota. The hotel, casino and 2,500seat performance venue are located in Deadwood, the first town where Kenny and John played together with the name Big & Rich on the ticket. Here they met local resident Niles Harris, a Vietnam veteran whose story inspired their signature song ‘8th of November.’ Big Kenny, long known as “The Universal Ambassador of Love” is currently rolling out his own line of lifestyle brands called ‘Peace, Love & Happy Hour’ and ‘Pub of Love,’ where his motto is “Celebrate The Good Times.” Sales will support his “Love Everybody Foundation”, an umbrella organization for

causes close to his heart including supporting veterans and first responders, creating backpack programs for kids here in the U.S. and providing ongoing aid for children in need worldwide. Big & Rich were honored with the 2016 CRS Artist Humanitarian Award for their support of a spectrum of humanitarian efforts, from visiting individual patients in hospitals, to staging benefit concerts for the Country Music Hall of Fame and the 173rd Airborne Memorial, to their well-documented U.S. and international outreach. The duo has made a point of helping underprivileged children and families at home and abroad in struggling countries like Uganda, Sudan,

Haiti and Kenya, among others. St. Jude Children’s Hospital, The T.J. Martell Foundation, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the 173rd Airborne Memorial Fund, Clean Water, the Special Olympics and Second Harvest Food Bank are just a few of their worthy causes. When they first joined forces, John Rich originally from Amarillo, Texas, had been a vocalist and bassist for the band Lonestar, was collaborating on songs with other Nashville artists, and envisioning a solo career. Kenny Alphin, from Culpeper, Virginia, was also a solo artist and writer signed to his first major record deal at Hollywood Records. John, Kenny

and their friends created a loose community of artists known as MuzikMafia. This collective of marginalized Music City musicians gave birth to a powerful movement of diversity and inclusion. Within three years, a number of these artists had signed major label deals, including Gretchen Wilson who emerged as a vital new voice with chart hits “Here for the Party,” co-written with John and Kenny, and “Redneck Woman,” her collaboration with John Rich. In the past decade-plus, their signature anthem “Comin’ to Your City,” has fired up football fans as the theme song for ESPN College Game Day. The band has expanded their presence immeasurably through music videos and television appearances, including John Rich’s victorious stint as the winner of Celebrity Apprentice when he raised $1.2 million dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. With separate and combined enterprises, causes, and concerns, Big & Rich envisions these endeavors as extensions of the music. Notes John Rich, “In the pursuit of the American Dream, if you want something, think hard, work hard, and go after it. There’s no guarantee you’re going to get it, but the fact you’re allowed to pursue it is where you should find your happiness.” Says Big Kenny, “I want to be a fun and entertaining positive voice and entity in my community, in my country, and in the world. I hope people know that those are the things that are important to me. And when they leave a Big & Rich concert, they should feel like they’ve just witnessed the greatest show on earth.” Tickets are on sale at https://www.nwwafair. com/events/2022/big--rich.

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Many exciting components to this year’s fair Whether it’s your first visit or your favorite summer tradition, we’re glad you’re here. There are so many exciting parts of the Northwest Washington Fair, ranging from music in our grandstand, a carnival for all ages, free grounds entertainment, fair food and the competitive

exhibits. From animals to still life exhibits you can see community members of all ages displaying their hard work and competing for prizes and showing fair visitors projects they are passionate about. Make sure to stop by the highly anticipated Farming for

Life Experience with interactive stations showcasing our heart for agriculture. This exhibit continues to grow with your generosity and support. We would like to give a heartfelt thank you to so many who work hard and volunteer their time to make

our fair such a memorable experience. Be sure to follow us on social media and tag us in your photos … we love seeing them all! #nwwafair Thank you for attending the 2022 Northwest Washington Fair. Matt Koetje, president

Mission Statement of the NWW Fair Board of Directors The Northwest Washington Fair Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Mission of the Northwest Washington Fair is to provide: • Education regarding agriculture - past, present and future • Experiences with positive competition • Enjoyment of wholesome entertainment, social interactions and lasting memories Our five core values

are youth, community, agriculture, education and entertainment. The Fair Association will organize an annual fair that will promote an appreciation for our agricultural heritage, provide education about the role agriculture plays in life today while providing youth with a hands on experience. The annual fair will be a social gathering place where family values will be honored and individuals of all ages will be entertained.

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29 Neil have created two multi-platinum, five platinum and three gold albums, as well as 19 Top 40 hits. They have sold more than 30 million records worldwide and have won an unprecedented four consecutive Grammy awards. Their rock-and-roll love affair has endured for more than three and a half decades. Pat and Neil continue to tour, selling out concerts everywhere. Their chemistry will undoubtedly be thrilled music fans for some time to come. Born Patricia Andrzejewski in Brooklyn, New York and raised on Long Island, she started singing in elementary school. Originally Pat had plans to attend the Juilliard School to train in music but dropped them. She later went back to pursue a singing career after being inspired by a Liza Minnelli concert. Her debut album, In the Heat of the Night, was released in August 1979. She released her autobiography in 2010, Between a Heart and a Rock Place. Neil Giraldo has been a professional musician, producer, arranger, and songwriter for over four decades, much of that collaborating with his muse, his wife Pat. He has also created music for John Waite, Rick Springfield, Kenny See Pat Benatar on 30

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Loggins, Steve Forbert, The Del Lords, Beth Hart and others. This summer’s tour started off July 20 in Akron, Ohio, goes through Michigan, Illinois, Tennessee, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Indiana, Washington, Idaho, and California. It concludes in Las Vegas in September. In November, Pat and Neil will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Grandstand reserved seats, preferred seats and preferred chairs are available. Tickets do not include gate admission, which is required. The show is presented by Chad Chambers Auto Sales & Detailing and HomeSmart One Realty. Tickets can be purchased at, the Fair Office, 1775 Front St., Lynden, and by phone at 360-3544111. VIP and group ticketing are also available. -- Elisa Claassen

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North of Mexico that developed in the 16th Century. Originally, it was a form of bullfighting where the rider rode the bull to death, but evolved into a form where the rider simply tries to ride the animal until it stops bucking. But what sets the Jaripeo apart from rodeos many Pacific Northwesterners are familiar with is that it is done to the beat of a live band. All seating is Grandstand Festival style and costs $35. Kids 12 and younger receive free admission to the Jaripeo Baile. Tickets do not include admission to the fair, which is separate and required. The event starts at 4:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online at https://www. — Elisa Claassen

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id you know an ape has a baby, a bear has a cub, a bee has larva? There’s a place at the Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden that teaches these very types of things in a hands-on way. The Small Animal Experience focuses on seeing and spending time with small animals as the name implies. A long-time fan favorite for fairgoers, last year 35,000 visits were made here. This exhibit came out of a local 4-H group, the Barn Buddies, who still spend the year prepping and planning for this big project and gaining leadership skills. “Our goal is to teach an awareness of agriculture through cute animals,” Brooke Vander Veen Weimer said. This year four generations of family are spending months to bring together the baby animals. While Debbie Vander Veen founded this living display in 2009, her parents, Bob and Pauline Van Weerdhuizen, and her daughter Brooke will be meeting and greeting. Brooke, a former agriculture education teacher, is now a stay-at-home mother and will be bringing her soon-to-be six-monthold baby son with her. She took over the lead role in 2017. Local community members, 4-H and FFA supply the animals. Who will be there this year of the animal kind? “Extremely cute calves which are cross bred for dairy and beef. It’s not seen as often.” Some of the calves come from the farms of former 4-H members who went from raising the animals for the fair to now having their own business in raising them. They will be joined by a miniature horse, very playful goats, guinea pigs, and lots of rabbits of all sizes. This year the sow and piglets will be inside the Henry Jansen Barn while the other animals will be near the barn in a tent.

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The Northwest Washington Fair’s Small Animal Experience, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. until 9:30 p.m., has 600 two-hour volunteer slots to look after the animals and answer questions. (Elisa Claassen for the Tribune) The Small Animal Experience will supply followers and fans with up-to-date information as they plan their fair visit by updating Facebook and Instagram. While the visitors come from 10 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 15, 600 two-hour volunteer

slots are filled to bring in the animals, clean the pens, feed them, and to talk with visitors. Others are on-call at all hours to make sure the animals get the care they need. New this year is a story time which families and animals will

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Welcome to the Farm Pavilion

Welcome to the Farm Pavilion at the Northwest Washington Fair. The Farm Pavilion includes space for the year-round display of the award winning Farming for Life Experience. When you walk in the doors you will experience the completed exhibit that highlights the importance of agriculture in our community and world. The Northwest Washington Fair is excited to invite guests into this exhibit that redefines farming in the 21st century, showcasing the rich history of farming in this region, focusing on innovations in farming practices, including research, planting, growing, harvesting and distribution of food, enriched by the intergeneration stories of people who make farming their life. This beautiful tribute to agriculture and education is made possible by support from generous donors. The Farm Pavilion will be open from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. during the Fair.

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Join the nation’s service members on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the clock tower for a touching ceremony as we retire the flag for the evening. A tribute to the armed forces will kick off the Lynden PRCA Rodeo competition at 7 p.m.

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For Arabian horse owners, the Northwest Washington Fair is a favorite way to show off their breed. (Courtesy photo)

Members say it’s a lot of work, but it’s also worthwhile to have fun and see people at the annual Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden It can be a challenge to keep the agricultural focus of a fair, even in the center of agriculture as for the Northwest Washington Fair of Lynden. Horse showing is still going strong, however, in the big building and arena on the south end of the grounds. Horse groups specific to breed are less common at the Lynden fair now than in the past. But one breed has continued to make a splash — Arabians. In fact, the North-

west Washington Arabian Horse Association is the last breed group at the fair, according to Janie Westhoff, the club’s president. She is a true horse lover. “I love Arabians. I like them because they’re sensitive and very responsive,” Westhoff said. “They have a lot of endurance. They don’t quit.” Westhoff believes the association has survived as long as it has at the fair because it also welcomes owners of non-Ara-

bian breeds. As a result, the club’s horses and riders compete in a number of events at the fair. The Northwest Arabian club has about 10-12 members who show at the fair each year, Westhoff said. This year, nine horses will be taken, as stall space tends to be limited. Riders will participate in a number of classes, from halter to English and Western. With about 50 members in all, this regional club is part of

a national association. NWAHA hosts other events such as a Spring Open Show and the Northwest Reining Association Show in the fall and it participates in the Lynden Farmers Day Parade. They are often recognized for their “Arabian-style” dressup to honor the breed and the Arabian tradition, and this color and flair can be seen at the fair too. Member Betty Squire said showing at the fair is by far

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Arabian horses are favored for their endurance, intelligence and responsiveness, said Northwest association member Janie Westhoff. (Courtesy photo)

the club’s biggest event of the year. She said everyone has been busier at the fair over the past few years, often showing in 1-2 classes a day. What is her favorite part of participating in the fair? “Each year, I ask myself that,” Squire replied with a laugh. “It’s a lot of work, and I always think ‘why am I doing this?’ [The best part] is just hanging out with the people, I think. We see a lot of people that you only see at the fair.” One competition the club excels in is herdsmanship — referring to the cleanliness and organization of the horses and stall area of each club — which NWAHA has won for the past three years, Westhoff said. However, the main focus is always on having fun and improving overall as a club in competition from year to year. “We treat it as a fun thing. Everyone likes to win, but if you go in expecting to win See Arabian Club on 50

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Horses are ridden 2-3 times per week to be fair-ready. (Courtesy photo)

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every event, you’ll be disappointed. If you go in with the idea of having fun, that’s a lot better,” Westhoff said. Arabian horses participate in the light horses open classes, which also include buckskins, half-Arabs, Appaloosas, paints and pintos, and quarter horses. The draft or heavy horse division, on the other hand, includes Belgians, Haflingers and other stockier breeds known for their driving and pulling strength. According to Lynda Revak, there used to be other breedspecific clubs at the Lynden

fair, including a buckskin club and a quarter horse club. There are also color associations focused on breed colors such as appaloosa, buckskin and paint horses. Revak said fewer people are raising and keeping horses on their own property than in years past, which has changed the agricultural landscape not only in the region but also in showing at the fair. Accessibility and cost are also issues in horse-keeping, she said. “It’s moving from people having their own horses on their own property to people boarding horses,” Revak said. “In the past, something like 85

percent of kids in 4-H lived on farms with horses. Now they can only keep doing it if they can afford it.” Squire, who has been a member of NWAHA since 1993, said this is true within the club as well, and that allowing people to work with horses who may not come by the opportunity as easily is especially important to keeping the club strong. “We try to incorporate as many kids as we can. Not all kids are able to do 4-H. You have to go to so many meetings to participate, and they have to do a vigorous showing schedule. We’re a lot more

laid-back than that,” Squire said. According to Westhoff, participants in the club range in age from 11 to 60. In preparation for the fair classes, Westhoff said, members of the Northwest Washington Arabian Horse Association will ride two to three times per week while lining up decorations and information for their stalls. “[Our success] depends on if the horses have showed before. Some horses that have been showing for the past few years hopefully will perform better this year,” Westhoff said.

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The Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden is excited to have its still life exhibits all in buildings on the North Side of the Fairgrounds for the 2022 fair season. Visit the Phillips 66 Center to see: • Grange Displays • Open Class Fine Arts • Open Class Hobbies and Collections • Open Class Legos, Models and K’nex • Open Class Photography Visit the Farm Pavilion to see: • Agriculture

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BANNER BANK STAGE SCHEDULE Thursday, Aug. 11 through Saturday, Aug. 20. First show starts each day at 10 a.m., final show of the day starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 10 a.m. -4-H Performing Arts 11 a.m. -- Magician Jeff Evans Noon -- Mango & Dango 1 p.m. -- Powerhouse 2 p.m. -- Hypnotist Tammy Harris Barton 3 p.m. -- Magician Jeff Evans 4 p.m. -- Mango & Dango 5 p.m. -- Powerhouse 6 p.m. -- Hypnotist Tammy Harris Barton 7 p.m. -- Spaceband Friday, Aug. 12 10 a.m. -4-H Performing Arts 11 a.m. -Magician Jeff Evans Noon -- Powerhouse 1 p.m. -- Mango & Dango 2 p.m. -- Hypnotist Tammy Harris Barton 3 p.m. -Magician Jeff Evans 4 p.m. -- Powerhouse 5 p.m. -- Mango & Dango 6 p.m. -- Hypnotist Tammy Harris Barton 7 p.m. -- Spaceband Saturday, Aug. 13 10 a.m. --

Powerhouse Percussion (above), a high energy show that brings contemporary percussive musical footwork to audiences off all ages.

4-H Performing Arts 11 a.m. -- Magician Jeff Evans Noon -- Mango & Dango 1 p.m. -- Powerhouse 2 p.m. -- Hypnotist Tammy Harris Barton 3 p.m. -- Magician Jeff Evans 4 p.m. -- Mango & Dango 5 p.m. -- Powerhouse 6 p.m. -- Hypnotist Tammy Harris Barton 7 p.m. -- Spaceband Sunday, Aug. 14

10 a.m. -4-H Performing Arts 11 a.m. -- Magician Jeff Evans Noon -- Powerhouse 1 p.m. -- Mango & Dango 2 p.m. -- Hypnotist Tammy Harris Barton 3 p.m. -- Magician Jeff Evans 4 p.m. -- Powerhouse 5 p.m. -- Mango & Dango 6 p.m. -- Hypnotist Tammy Harris Barton 7 p.m. -- Spaceband

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BANNER BANK STAGE SCHEDULE Tuesday, Aug. 16 10 a.m. -4-H Performing Arts 11 a.m. -- Magician Jeff Evans Noon -- Powerhouse 1 p.m. -- Mango & Dango 2 p.m. -- Hypnotist Tammy Harris Barton 3 p.m. -- Magician Jeff Evans 4 p.m. -- Powerhouse 5 p.m. -- Mango & Dango 6 p.m. -- Hypnotist Tammy Harris Barton 7 p.m. -- Spaceband Wednesday, Aug. 17 10 a.m. -4-H Performing Arts 11 a.m. -- Magician Jeff Evans

Noon -- Mango & Dango 1 p.m. -- Powerhouse 2 p.m. -- Hypnotist Tammy Harris Barton 3 p.m. -- Magician Jeff Evans 4 p.m. -- Mango & Dango 5 p.m. -- Powerhouse 6 p.m. -- Hypnotist Tammy Harris Barton 7 p.m. -- Spaceband Thursday, Aug. 18 10 a.m. -4-H Performing Arts 11 a.m. -- Magician Jeff Evans Noon -- Powerhouse 1 p.m. -- Mango & Dango 2 p.m. -- Hypnotist Tammy Harris Barton

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3 p.m. -- Magician Jeff Evans 4 p.m. -- Powerhouse 5 p.m. -- Mango & Dango 6 p.m. -- Hypnotist Tammy Harris Barton 7 p.m. -- Spaceband Friday, Aug. 19 10 a.m. -4-H Performing Arts 11 a.m. -- Magician Jeff Evans Noon -- Mango & Dango 1 p.m. -- Powerhouse 2 p.m. -- Hypnotist Tammy Harris Barton 3 p.m. -- Magician Jeff Evans 4 p.m. -- Mango & Dango 5 p.m. -- Powerhouse

6 p.m. -- Hypnotist Tammy Harris Barton 7 p.m. -- Blackhawk Singers Saturday, Aug. 20 10 a.m. -- Small Animal Round Robin 11 a.m. -- Magician Jeff Evans Noon -- Powerhouse 1 p.m. -- Mango & Dango 2 p.m. -- Hypnotist Tammy Harris Barton 3 p.m. -- Magician Jeff Evans 4 p.m. -- Powerhouse 5 p.m. -- Mango & Dango 6 p.m. -- Hypnotist Tammy Harris Barton 7 p.m. -- Hispanic Bands


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Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show

If you want great old-fashioned fun and family entertainment, the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show is where you want to be.

On the Canopy Action Stage at 1:30 p.m. and again at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 11-20 at the Northwest Washington Fair, 1775 Front St., Lynden,

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tic use. The skill, strength and danger has led to today’s lumberjack competitions. Events performed during the show include log rolling, underhand chopping, springboard chopping, standing board chopping, standing block chop, crosscut sawing, axe throwing and dragster chainsaw competition, just to name a few. You’ll see lumberjacks using specifically built axes to cut through wood in a matter of seconds. The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show will provide lots of laughter, thrills and chills to young and old alike. You will not only be entertained, but you will see logging skills used throughout history, as well as today. It’s muscle against machine, real competition at its best. Presented by the Bennett Team at Canopy Mortgage. More about the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, as well as the Northwest Washington Fair, at

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Legendary Longhorns

Learn the history of the Texas Longhorn through an educational and informative soundtrack accompanied by music. The stars of the show are the two, majestic, gentle giants Show Gun and Shot Gun. Both are Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America (TLBAA) registered. They have been hauled all over the western U.S. performing in events of all kinds. These Longhorns are unique, kind, intelligent, and well-trained. Get your photo taken with Show Gun and Shot Gun to create a lasting memory. Presented by Elenbaas Company. (Courtesy photos)

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Rodeo 101: Events explained


Consists of two types of competitions - roughstock events and timed events. In the roughstock events, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding, a contestant’s score is equally dependent upon their performance and the animal’s performance. To earn a qualified score, the contestant, while using only one hand, must stay aboard a bucking horse or bull for eight seconds. If the rider touches the animal, themselves or any of their equipment with their free hand, they are disqualified. In saddle bronc and bareback riding, a contestant must mark out their horse; that is, they must exit the chute with their spurs set above the horse’s shoulders and hold them there until the horse’s front feet hit the ground after the initial jump out of the chute. Failing to do so results in disqualification. During the regular season, two judges each score a contestant’s qualified ride by awarding 0-25 points for the rider’s performance and 0-25 points for the animal’s effort. The judges’ scores are then combined to determine the contestant’s score. A perfect score is 100 points. In timed events: steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, and barrel racing; cowboys and cowgirls at the other end of the arena compete

against the clock, as well as against each other. A contestant’s goal is to post the fastest time in his or her event. In steer wrestling and the roping events, calves and steers are allowed a head start. The competitor, on horseback, starts in a threesided fenced area called a box. The fourth side opens into the arena. A rope barrier is stretched across that opening and is tied to the calf or steer with a breakaway loop. Once the calf or steer reaches the head-start point - predetermined by the size of the arena - the barrier is automatically released. If a cowboy breaks that barrier, a 10-second

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• Added money: purse money supplied by the rodeo committee. It is added to the entry fees to make up the total prize money. • Bareback Rigging: the only equipment a bareback rider has to help him ride. It is made of leather and resembles a suitcase strap. It is held on the horse’s back with a cinch, just like a saddle. • Barrier: a rope stretched across the front of the box from which the roper or steer wrestler’s horse emerges. This rope is attached to the steer or calf and allows the animal a head start.

• Bronc Rein: rein attached to the horse’s halter for balance while riding a saddle bronc. • Bull Rope: a flat braided rope used in bull riding as the only handhold for the bull rider. It is wrapped around the bull and then around the rider’s hand. • Chute: the pen that holds the animal in order for the rider to get on and prepare for his ride. • Flank Strap: a fleecelined leather strap that is placed behind the horse’s rib cage in the flank area. A soft rope is used in the bull riding event. Flank straps are not fastened tightly and do not hurt the animals. If this strap is tightened too tight, the animal will refuse to buck. • Hazer: a cowboy who rides beside a steer on the opposite side of the steer wrestler. His job is to keep the steer running straight and close to the contestant’s horse. • Pickup Man: a mounted cowboy who helps the rider off of a bronc when the ride is completed. The pickup man also removes the flank strap from the bronc and leads it out of the corral. • Re-Ride: another ride given to a bronc or bull rider when the first ride is ruled by judges as unsatisfactory. Reasons for granting a re-ride: being fouled on the chutes or the horse failing to buck hard enough to give the rider a fair chance. See Rodeo 101 on 62

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• Rank: a bull or bronc that is hard to ride. • Score: the length of the head start given to the steer or calf in the timed events. • Slack: a time, usually late at night or early in the morning, other than during the performance when the extra contestants compete in the rodeo. There are only 8-12 slots in each rodeo performance for each event, when more contestants enter than can compete in the performances, they can compete in the slack.


• The definition of rodeo is a Spanish word meaning roundup. • The difference between Spanish rodeo and American rodeo is that the Span-

ish version focuses on style, while the American version focuses on speed. • The PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) has over 7000 members. •More than 127 PRCA cowboys have surpassed the million dollar mark in prize money at PRCA rodeos. • Today’s rodeos are an offspring of the early Wild West shows that featured cowboys such as Buffalo Bill Cody. • The PRCA is the largest sanctioning organization with over 600 rodeos sanctioned yearly. • The average bucking horse or bull works less than five minutes per year in the arena. • The PRCA has 60 rules that govern the care and treatment of rodeo stock. • Bucking horses usually weigh from 1000 to 1500 pounds, and bulls up to 2000 pounds.

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Northwest Washington Fair car show Bringing back a much loved exhibit from 2021, in the Phillips 66 Center, car enthusiasts showcase their prize automobiles. The Northwest Washington Fair Car Show is a great place to view a rare collection of cars from classics to current favorites. Enjoy the car show all 10 days of the Fair from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Make sure to stop in and ask our auto loving experts about their entries.

Clean Hands The fair is a great place for summer fun. Keep it clean this year by using one of our handwashing stations conveniently located throughout the Fairgrounds. When should I wash my hands? • Often. • After being near animals, touching surfaces, using the restroom, playing outside, sneezing or coughing. • Before eating food.

2022 Fair Magazine What is the right way to wash my hands? • Use plenty of soap and water. • Get a good lather on your hands. • Wash your hands for 15 – 20 seconds or about as long as it takes to sing Happy Birthday two times through.

Dairy Education Center Visit the Henry Jansen Barn for the ultimate dairy education experience. Here you can witness the miracle of birth as well as learn where the milk you drink comes from. Step inside our birthing area on the South side of the Henry Jansen Barn, known as the EPL Feed Dairy Maternity Ward. With room to sit, you will have the opportunity to witness the miracle of life right before your eyes. Watch closely as each baby experiences their first steps. It’s an amazing experience to witness. Make sure you don’t miss an opportunity to stop by the Milking Parlor to watch how the milk you drink gets from moo to carton. Ask our friendly dairy farmers

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2022 NWW Fair judging schedule

Department/Time/Event Friday, Aug. 12 •Light Horse/8 a.m. FFA Horse Judging Tuesday, Aug. 16 • Goats/1:30 p.m. FFA Meat Goat Type • Goats/5:30 p.m. FFA & 4-H Meat Goat Fitting & Showing Wednesday, Aug. 17 • Rabbits/8 a.m. FFA Fitting & Showing • Sheep/9 a.m. FFA Fitting & Showing • Beef/9 a.m.

FFA Type • Swine/Noon FFA Type • Sheep/1 p.m. FFA Type • Dairy Cattle/4 p.m. FFA Fitting & Showing • Poultry/5 p.m. FFA Type Thursday, Aug. 18 •Rabbits/6 a.m. FFA Rabbit Type •Light Horse/8 a.m. FFA Light Horse • Beef/9 a.m. FFA Fitting & Showing

• Goats/9 a.m. FFA & 4-H Dairy Goat Type Swine/11:30 a.m. FFA Fitting & Showing • Goats/1 p.m. FFA & 4-H Dairy Goat Fitting & Showing •Dairy Cattle/4 p.m. FFA Type • Goats/5 p.m. FFA Pygmy Goat Fitting & Show and Type • Poultry/5 p.m. FFA Fitting & Showing Friday, Aug. 19 • FFA/8 a.m.

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Foundation board announces 10 scholarship recipients

The mission of the Northwest Waashington Fair Foundation is to financially support agricultural education and the enhancement and preservation of the Northwest Washington Fair. This year, the foundation’s board of directors named 10 recipients of its annual scholarships: Amanda Lenssen, Emmy Kroontje, Haley Biemold, Jaimie Knode, Louisa Malnor, Lydia Rodriguez, Mia Apps, Olivia VanderVeen, Skyleigh James and Sydney Zandstra.

Amanda Lenssen Amanda Lenssen, daughter of Terry and Crystal, is a graduate of Lynden Christian High School who will be attending Iowa State University in the fall to pursue a degree in Agricultural Studies. Amanda’s involvement in the fair includes participation in the Dairyland 4-H club as well as helping in the dairy and small animal experience while serving as a dairy ambassador. This experience at the fair taught her responsibility, endur-

ance and the importance of community. Amanda’s favorite memories of the fair are showing cows in the dairy barn, seeing all the different animals (since she was little) and meeting new people.

Emmy Kroontje Emmy Kroontje, daughter of John and Lesa, is a graduate of Lynden High School and the Whatcom Community College Running Start Program who will be attending Western Washington University in the fall to pursue a degree in Biology.

Emmy is particularly interested in the science behind improving the yield and quality of plants and produce. Combining modern day science with the centuries old farming wisdom passed down to her by her ancestors is fascinating to her. Emmy’s involvement in the fair includes 4-H, showing both beef and dairy cows and working in the Small Animal Experience. Her experience at the fair taught her about work ethic, the importance of mentoring others and taught her that the work you put into something is directly proportional to the results you see.


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Haley Biemold Haley Biemold, daughter of Harold and Renee, is a graduate of Lynden High School who will be attending Washington State University in the fall to pursue a degree in Agriculture Education. Haley’s involvement in the fair includes showing rabbits, pygmy goats, market lambs, market hogs and a dairy heifer. She also had the ability to work at the fair during the summer to help get every this ready for fair week. Her experience at the fair taught her about hard work - you don’t do well by just looking at your animals - you must put in the work. Haley’s favorite memory of

2022 Fair Magazine the fair is from when she was 6 years old and terrified of the hogs. She was asked to board pigs and some high school girls could see that see was frightened - so they came over to her and showed her how to do it. Haley loves this memory because it shows the community that the fair brings.

Jaimie Knode Jaimie Knode, daughter of Kimberly Barron and Robert Knode, is a graduate of Sehome High School who will be attending California Polytechnic State University in the fall to pursue a degree in Animal Science. Jaimie’s involvement in the fair includes showing horses in 4-H from age 11 to 17. This experience at the fair taught her that not everyone has the same resources and experiences. We all come from different backgrounds and need varying levels of support.

Jaimie’s favorite memories of the fair are when she woke up super early to go to all the barns so she could learn to show every animal when she competed in Round-Robin.

Louisa Malnor Louisa Malnor, daughter of Ron and Kathleen, is a graduate of Bellingham High School who will be attending Oregon State University in the fall to pursue a degree in Bioresource Research. Louisa’s involvement in the fair included competing in Rabbit fitting and Showing - and preparing the young members of her 4-H Club to participate as well. She also participated in the Small Animal Round Robin. Her experience at the fair taught her that sharing knowledge is an excellent way to contribute to one’s community, and you can almost always find people who share your enthusiasm

71 for something - you just need to find a way to bring them together. Louisa also learned that hay racks are a worthwhile investment for raising rabbits as much less hay is wasted. Louisa’s favorite memory of the fair is seeing her 4-H students competing at the fair and doing so well! They became professional and confident over just a few years.

Lydia Rodriguez Lydia Rodriguez, daughter of Hendor and Janelle, is a graduate of Lynden High School who will attend the University of Idaho in the fall to pursue a degree in Animal Science. Lydia’s involvement in the fair included showing dairy heifers, showing a pig and acting as the Whatcom Dairy Ambassador alternate. Her See Foundation on 74

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2022 Superintendent List

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experience at the fair taught her that hard work pays off and you should keep pushing forward. Lydia’s favorite memories of the fair are the friendships she built from showing animals and - of course - all the fun rides.

Mia Apps Mia Apps, daughter of Aaron and Jenn, is a graduate of Lynden High School who will be attending the University of Idaho in the fall to pursue a degree in Agricultural Education. Mia’s involvement in the fair included showing swine and dairy heifers. She also attended and helped at the spring

fair for many years. This experience at the fair taught her how to work hard, how to work with others, organization, responsibility and to never give up. For Mia, every day had so many memories: she was unable to pick a favorite memory. She loves the fair environment and the ability to show her animals.

Olivia VanderVeen Olivia VanderVeen, daughter of Jason and Meagan, is a graduate of Lynden High School who will be attending Iowa State University in the fall to pursue a degree in Animal Science with an emphasis on PreVeterinary Medicine. Olivia’s involvement in the fair includes

volunteering at Small Animal Experience, showing and selling make pigs with Country Partners 4-H club, entering still life projects and much more. This experience has taught her all the knowledge she has gained about our community and agriculture, public speaking skills, how to raise, show and sell a market hog, teamwork and work ethic. Olivia’s’s favorite memories of the fair are (early) morning pitch outs, the first time showing a new animal, the 2021 Old Dominion concert and volunteering in Small Animal Experience.

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Rachael, is a graduate of Meridian High School who will be attending Texas A&M University in the fall to pursue a degree in Agricultural Education. Skyleigh’s involvement in the fair includes showing pigs and sheep through FFA and 4-H. This experience at the fair taught her the benefit of hard work and the impact agriculture has on the community. Skyleigh’s favorite memory of the fair is going to the rodeo with friends and family.

Sydney Zandstra Sydney Zandstra, daughter of Josh and Lysa, is a graduate

of Meridian High School who will be attending Whatcom Community College in the fall to pursue a degree in Biology. Then she hopes to attend either Oregon State University or Washington State University to study Veterinary Medicine. Sydney’s involvement in the fair includes showing pigs and goats through 4-H and showing her horse through FFA. This experience at the fair taught her how to be responsible and hardworking, and how to be a good teacher and learner. Sydney’s favorite memory of the fair was when she was 3. She got her very first goats (Cookie and Turtle) and has been hooked on the fair ever since.


Competitive exhibits

Show off your hard work and enter one or more of our competitive categories and compete for a ribbon and possible premiums. Each year we look forward to displaying all sorts of exhibits so the public can enjoy the community’s creativity all throughout the Fair. Categories available for entry include: • Open Class Divisions are open to anyone of any age. No club or member-

ships required. • FFA Divisions requires FFA membership. FFA is open to anyone grade 8 up to age 21, or three years after graduation, whichever is less. • 4-H Divisions requires 4-H membership. 4-H is open to youth ages 5-19. Thank you to our competitive exhibits sponsors Peoples Bank, Skagit Farmers Supply, Z Recyclers and Exact Scientific Services.

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Free Grandstand Horse Show Be prepared to be amazed at the majestic beauty and size of the draft horses compared to the high energy pony hitches and chariot races. Visiting the Grandstand Horse Show will give you a glimpse into a variety of equine disciplines and entertain you at the same time. At the Northwest Washington Fair Grandstand Arena, Monday, Aug. 15 through Saturday, Aug. 20, 1 p.m. showtime. (Photos courtesy Northwest Washington Fair)

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Currently a county planning office, the county is considering demolition- we want to save it for a veterans center or other great community use (at no cost to Whatcom County). Please help save this historic structure from wasteful destruction.



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WTA provides free fare to the fair

WTA provides free fare to the Northwest Washington Fair during the 10 days of the fair. Ride WTA and get dropped off at Gate 1, right in front of the fair. WTA offers free fares during the fair in appreciation of their regular riders and to encourage new riders to try the bus. Free Fare Week starts on Aug. 11 and ends on Aug. 20. All rides are free other than route 80X to Mt. Vernon, on which regular fares apply.

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LPM Endowment Foundation 217 Front Street, Lynden, WA 98264 A 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization The Lynden Pioneer Museum Endowment Foundation is inviting individuals to consider providing a bequest to ensure that the history of Lynden is preserved for generations to come. It’s easy. Just prepare a codicil to your Will and specify the amount or percentage of your estate that will go to the LPM Endowment Foundation.We can supply the simple form.

Are You the One to Help? Questions? Just call 360-392-0145 Dedicated to the ongoing financial support of the Lynden Pioneer Museum

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